The Bastard

  • by Brenda Novak
  • Narrated by Sarah Coomes
  • 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Jeannette Boucher, a young French beauty from a family left penniless by the revolution, must marry against her will to save them all from ruin. But almost immediately after the vows are spoken, she learns that her old English husband is impotent - and in his desire for an heir, he plans to compromise her in the worst way. Determined to escape such a fate, she stows away on one of His Majesty’s frigates. But a woman alone is in constant danger.
To Lieutenant Treynor, honor means everything…. Born a bastard to a wayward marquise, Lieutenant Crawford Treynor was given to a poor farmer to raise and was maltreated until he ran away to join the Royal Navy. Treynor is determined to prove he’s as good as any other man and rise to captain his own frigate. But once he finds Jeannette aboard The Tempest he must decide whether to return her to the man he knows would abuse her - or risk everything, even his life, to keep her safe.

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Loved the story, but not the narrator.

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Yes. But I might suggest they read it. I really didn't like the male voices the narrator created. I amost stopped listening to it because of it. The story, however, captivated me and I continued. Happy that I did because it's a very well written story.


What do you think the narrator could have done better?

the male voices all had a nasal / whiney sound to them. Very unappealing. I would suggest she work on them.


What would have made this romance irresistible?

a better narrator.


Any additional comments?

A very good story line. Kept me interested. Lots of twists and turns.

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- C. Macduff

PAINFUL on the ears! But a GREAT STORY!

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

A differant narrator!!!! Its a great story but painful to listen to.


What was one of the most memorable moments of The Bastard?

The confrontation at sea. A very wide statement considering. But from the personal to the political the confrontations are the height of it.


Did Sarah Coomes do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

NO NO NO NO NO!! I can't even express how awful it was. Ii wanted to hear the story but winced everytime a character spoke. The narrators speaking voice is pleasant but when she attempts voices they are slovenly, thick, painful slow and idiotic sounding. Its like all the characters open their mouths to speak and turn into drunken illiterate old men who have trouble breathing and speaking and are hoarse and spittle plagued.


You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I DID LOVE THE BOOK! The story in all aspects are splendid. .. but READ it... don't waste a credit or a dollar on the audio version!!!! Its such a shame.... it really is.


Any additional comments?

If it had a different narrator I would wholeheartedly praise this book. But if you want lighthearted fluff with giggles and luxury then this one isn't for you. And if you want steamy hot and bothered erotic scenes then this still isn't for you. But if you want a good tale woven with gritty facts and suspenses then yeah, it's for you.

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- Susynne

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-21-2013
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio